Lawson Crouse is going back to junior. The big 18-year-old winger confirmed it today on Twitter.
Crouse was drafted 11th overall in June by the Florida Panthers. Despite the club’s belief that Crouse could make “an immediate impact” on the roster, he finished the preseason with just two shots and one assist in three games.
Crouse will return to the OHL’s Kingston Frontenacs, with whom he’ll look to improve on his modest point totals from last season.
“I don’t think there’s any pressure on the kid,” coach Gerard Gallant said last week. “If he doesn’t make the team this year he goes back to junior … and will have a lot of success.”
The Carolina Hurricanes have returned Haydn Fleury to the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League.
The club also announced that they have assigned Brett Pesce, Jaccob Slavin, Brock McGinn, and Derek Ryan to the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL.
Fleury was selected seventh overall by the Hurricanes in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
The 19-year-old scored six goals and 28 points in 63 games with Red Deer last season, and also added a goal in his only AHL contest with the Checkers.
The move means that Noah Hanifin will be sticking around.
The 18-year-old was the fifth overall selection in last June’s draft, and the ‘Canes must feel like he can contribute right away.
Hanifin had five goals, 23 points and plus-12 rating in his only season at Boston College.
The rookie skated on Carolina’s third pairing with Michal Jordan at practice earlier today.
They will enter the season with a young group of defensemen, as four of the team’s seven blueliners are 25-years-old or younger.
Evgeny Svechnikov’s first NHL training camp is done.
Svechnikov, Detroit’s first-round pick (19th overall) at this year’s draft, has been returned to his junior team in the Quebec League, the club announced on Thursday.
The 18-year-old never had a chance of cracking the Red Wings roster this year, so his demotion shouldn’t come as any sort of surprise. Svechnikov got a brief taste of NHL hockey, appearing in Detroit’s 5-4 OT loss to the Blackhawks on Tuesday, getting just over 12 minutes of ice time.